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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Hotel Edward 1er , Montpazier

We can highly recommend the family run Edward 1st Hotel where we made a quick overnight stay, in Montpazier in the southern Dordogne. This is a lovely place. With friendly owners, it was reasonably priced and well located on the edge of town. Our junior suite (below) was comfortable, had a huge bathroom with steam shower and was just over100 euro including breakfast. We felt it was a good value and far preferred it to the Hotel L'Esplanade in Domme which we didn't enjoy.
In contrast to L'Esplanade (which we left early) the Edward 1st had lots of comfortable public space to relax and enjoy including a pool, small sitting room and bar. We felt much more comfortable here and wished we had more time to relax or do some walking in the surrounding countryside.
They had just filled the pool for the summer and I think this would make a great stop in the summer months. This area is far less touristy than Domme and appealed far more to us, though others would say it's less in the thick of the most popular sites.
We ate our continental breakfast  on the small terrace  outside the restaurant, below.
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The hotel operates two restaurants, the well reviewed haute cuisine Restaurant Elenore and the less formal Bistro 2  a short walk away.  We were there on a Wednesday night (out of season) when Restaurant Elenore is closed and so we opted for the contemporary bistro. We had an excellent meal with friendly, well informed service and found the meal and wine an excellent value. The three course Menu du Terroir which included options like crayfish soup, lamb shank and clafoutis was only 22.22 euro.
Overall highly recommended. Elegant and appealing the hotel and the bistro represent a good value in a pleasant destination. This is somewhere we would be happy to return to.

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